CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • Danny Barcelona (c.1930-2007) - Drummer for Louis Armstrong who appears in Jazz on a Summer's Day and When the Boys Meet the Girls. He died of complications from cancer April 1, in Monterey Park, California. (Starbulletin)
  • Ariel Clark (1984-2007) - Son of director Bob Clark, who appears in his father's Baby Geniuses, My Summer Story (aka It Runs in the Family) and I'll Remember April. He died with his father in a car crash April 4. (LA Times)
  • Bob Clark (1941-2007) - Director of A Christmas Story, Porky's and Baby Geniuses. See my full obit here.
  • Luigi Comencini (1916-2007) - Italian filmmaker who directed Incompreso (Misunderstood), Don Camillo in Moscow and The Scopone Game. He died April 6. (AP)
  • Angus Duncan (1936-2007) - Actor who appears in Marlowe, The Magic Sword and Going Ape! He died of cancer March 22. (LA Times)
  • John Flynn (c.1931-2007) - Director of Out for Justice, Lock Up, Brainscan and Rolling Thunder. He died April 4. (Greencine)
  • Char Fontane (1952-2007) - Actress who appears in The Punisher (1989) and who was daughter of singer Tony Fontane. She died April 1, in Marietta, Georgia. (Ventura County Star)
  • Jay Koch (1926-2007) - Former NYPD sergeant who won a Ronald Reagan look-a-like contest in 1980. He impersonated the President in Back to the Future II, Hot Shots! Part Deux and Panther, in which he played Reagan as Governor of California. He died of heart failure March 19, in Port Hueneme, California. (LA Times)
  • Calvin Lockhart (1932-2007) - Actor (pictured) who played the villains in Cotton Comes to Harlem and Uptown Saturday Night. He also appears in Myra Breckinridge, Predator 2, Coming to America, Wild at Heart and Let's Do it Again, in which he played 'Biggie Smalls'. He died from complications of a stroke March 29, in Nassau, Bahamas. (IMDb)
  • Salem Ludwig (1915-2007) - Actor who appears in Endless Love, Heartburn, Unfaithful, The Object of My Affection and The Savages, which just premiered at Sundance. He died April 1. (Playbill)
  • Günter Mack (1930-2007) - German actor who appears in Yesterday Girl, Death and Diamonds and Only the Wind Knows the Answer. He died of cancer March 27, in Gröbenzell, Germany. (IMDb)
  • Edward Mallory (1930-2007) - Actor who appears in Birdman of Alcatraz, Experiment in Terror and Diamond Head. He died April 6, in Pennsylvania. (NBC)
  • Thomas Hal Phillips (1922-2007) - Author who wrote the screenplays for The Brain Machine, in which he also appeared, and Tarzan's Fight For Life. He also appears in Altman's Nashville, for which he designed political campaign materials, California Split and O.C. and Stiggs, as well as Sayles' Matewan. He died April 3, in Corinth, Mississippi. (North Mississippi Daily Journal)
  • Ladislav Rychman (1922-2007) - Czech filmmaker who wrote and directed The Hop Pickers and Lady on the Tracks. He also appears in The Emperor and the Golem. He died of a heart attack April 1, in Prague. (IMDb)
  • Thomas Rogers (1927-2007) - Author of The Pursuit of Happiness, which was made into a 1971 movie directed by Robert Mulligan. He died in an auto accident April 1, in State College, Pennsylvania. (IMDb)
  • Joe Sentieri (1925-2007) - Italian actor and singer who appears in The Most Beautiful Wife. He died March 26, in Pescara, Italy. (IMDb)
  • George Sewell (1926-2007) - Actor who appears in Barry Lyndon, the original Get Carter and This Sporting Life. He died April 1. (Telegraph)
  • Ronald Shedlo (1940-2007) - Producer of Carrington and Back Roads and the presenter of The Day of the Locusts. He began his career at 16 as Errol Flynn's secretary and he also apparently discovered Michael J. Fox. He died April 2, in London. (Independent)
  • Elaine Shore (c.1928-2007) - Actress who appears in Clint Eastwood's The Eiger Sanction, Otto Preminger's Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon and in The Sentinel (1977). She died of tongue cancer March 19, in Rockville, Maryland. (Washington Post)
  • Burt Topper (1928-2007) - Filmmaker who directed The Strangler and The Day the Lord Got Busted (aka Soul Hustler), which he also wrote and produced. He also wrote the story for The Wild Ride, which starred Jack Nicholson, and produced the Fabian/Annette Funicello vehicles Fireball 500 and Thunder Alley, as well as C.H.O.M.P.S. He died of pulmonary failure April 3, in Beverly Hills. (Variety)
  • Leslie Waller (1923-2007) - Author of the novel Hide in Plain Sight, which became a film directed by James Caan. He also apparently worked on the screenplays for Dog Day Afternoon and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, both without credit. He died March 29, in Rochester, New York. (Naples Daily News)